Security-Information Flow in the South African Public Sector

Abstract:

Information-security management programs are becoming increasingly important in enabling organisations to promote a high level of accountability and good governance. Organisations need accurate and relevant real-time information to make effective and efficient decisions pertaining to cyber threats and attacks. Based on a qualitative study, this article introduces and discusses the components of an information-security management program. The study found that information-security management and communication of security information in South African government departments are very limited. A conceptual model for security- information flow is proposed as a strategic driver to manage information security in the public sector.


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Photo of Dr. Harold Patrick

School of Management, IT and Governance University of KwaZulu-Natal, 
South Africa

Dr. Harold Patrick is a forensic  investigation specialist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He completed his doctorate at University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. His dissertation focused on information security, collaboration, and the flow of security information. He earned a master’s degree information systems and technology and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Photo of Dr. Brett van Niekerk

School of Management, IT and Governance University of KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa

Dr. Brett van Niekerk is a senior security analyst at Transnet and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with his doctorate in 2012 and has completed two years of postdoctoral research into information operations, information warfare, and critical infrastructure protection. He serves on the board for ISACA South Africa and as secretary for the International Federation of Information Processing’s Working Group 9.10 on ICT in Peace and War. He has contributed to the ISO/IEC information security standards, and multiple presentations, papers, and book chapters in information security and information warfare to his name.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronic engineering.

Photo of Dr. Ziska Fields

School of Management, IT and Governance University of KwaZulu-Natal, 
South Africa

Dr.  Ziska Fields  is  an associate professor and academic leader at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her research interests focus on creativity, entrepreneurship, human resources, and higher education. She developed two theoretical models to measure creativity in South Africa, focusing on youth and tertiary education. She  has  published  in internationally recognized journals and edited books. She is the editor of the book Incorporating business models and strategies into social entrepreneurship and has completed another book titled Collective creativity for responsible and sustainable business practice. She is a member of the South African Institute of Management, the Ethics Institute of South Africa, and the Institute of People Management.

 

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